European Journal of Research on Education, no.2, pp.14-24, 2014 (Refereed Journals of Other Institutions)
The work presents a model of multicultural academic competence of teachers and comparative analyses of its level among representatives of different countries. Emphasizing this new kind of a teacher competence is dictated by changing demands to the modern teacher professionalism. Teachers must not only live in a multicultural environment and deal with multicultural classroom, but work in international teams in frames of educational projects, establish long-term relations with foreign partners, demonstrate ethics and culture of multicultural communication, solve professional tasks in a multicultural society. The model of the competence is characterized by inclusion in the professional field of teaching the aspect of international cooperation which effectiveness is determined by a number of professional qualities. The competence has a five component structure including knowledge, attitudes, skills, behavior and personal qualities that are described in details. The second part of the work presents results of a comparative analysis of the multicultural academic competence level among teachers representing different countries. The emphasis is made on the analysis of differences and similarities in every competence component among Turkish and Belarusian teachers. The survey was made with a help of specially designed questionnaire that corresponds to the structure of the competence.